K/R new jeans, CoH reviews

I've had a big credit note at Aritzia for ages but have found it difficult to use. On the weekend they had a sale so I am trying a few items (in Finds). 

One, the off-white sweater, is a straight return. Didn't take pics. Too small in shoulders. (Their fits are often off for me). 

Other items are the CoH Olivia black slim jean, the Babaton cropped sweater, and the CoH Charlotte. 

Olivia is a 99% cotton, 1% stretch as per usual CoH jeans. It's billed as "slim" not a true skinny and I would say that's accurate. It skims the calf rather than gripping it. The fabric feels a lot like the Rag and Bone burgundy Dres from 2 years ago NAS -- soft but not too soft. It's a true dark black with just the tiniest bit of fading on the thighs. It's billed as an ankle jean. Of course on me it is full length, but easily rolled to show a bit of ankle. It has a button fly. The waist is a true high rise -- comes right up to my navel. I ordered in my usual size and the fit feels good. I could go up a size, perhaps, but I suspect they'd then bag out more than I would like. I think these are keepers, no?

The little top is a great colour and...stripes! :) It's also a nice layering weight. But it is very cropped. You can see a bit of skin on the side view. I'd probably only wear with a cami underneath and a topper. But still...not sure I feel okay with it. 

The Charlotte jeans are straight legs. High waisted, also with button fly. 100% cotton. I sized up because there's no stretch, and these fit well. They are very long on me and at full length almost look like baby boot cuts. I would have to have the hems altered. I am not sure I know of anyone who can do it so the detailing remains and of course that would be an extra cost. So I'm not sure these are "the ones."

I really want a pair of high waisted, 100% cotton slim jeans -- either straight or slightly tapered. I am kicking myself now for not getting the Drees, in the spring, which were more of a "mom" jean than a straight, which tends to look better on me -- a little looser in the thigh and a bit tapered toward the bottom. (All gone now, alas). However, these are a really good fit (apart from length) and do feel good. CoH jeans tend to fit me better and have greater closet longevity than any other brand apart from Rag and Bone, and I'm pretty loyal to them as a result. So...I'm open to discussion. ;) 

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26 Comments

  • Greyscale replied 1 month ago

    If the striped sweater feels too short, it'll keep feeling too short. At least, that's been my experience. It looks like it would be on your mind constantly.

    I really like the Olivias! I wonder what they'd look like up a size, or how much they stretch over the course of a day. They look great as is but a size up might be a different look.

    I also like the Charlotte but I agree they're a bit long. Are they a released hem? I can't quite see the hem detail clearly. I like them full length -- could you rip out a few inches of the side seam to let them fall around your boot?

    Did you ever try the CoH Liya jeans? High waist "mom" jeans.

  • Mirjana replied 1 month ago

    I like black jeans fantastic on you, great fit.

  • Isabel replied 1 month ago

    I like the first jeans, but love the second ones. I understand the dilemma with the top but it seems pretty modest to me with the high neck and boxy fit, the color is totally great on you and I love it with the second jeans!

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    I LOVE #1, Suz. KILLER. The dark high rise jeans look soooooo dead right. Extremely flattering. Prefer them scrunched as opposed to cuffed, but work cuffed too, of course. Need a slight hem. WOOOHOO. YAY for trendy jeans. Looking really fresh. 

    Super cute cranberry top. May I suggest a size up. Wants to be roomier all over.  

    You've lost me a bit with the blue jeans. Are they all the same pair? I see two pairs in Finds that are not Dres. I like #8 from that style. But not as good as the dark jeans.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Greyscale, thanks! The Liyas looked awful on me. I have no idea why. The Dree was so much better. But now they don't seem to be making it. :(  But maybe ebay. I know what size...

    I could try the Olivias a size up, too. I think these will stretch a bit if my hunch about the fabrication is right. I might wear them around the house to see. 

    Charlotte has a distressed hem, not released. So it looks like a hem that somebody put up and then let down, but no fraying at the edges, if that makes sense? I mean not like a cut hem. 

  • Greyscale replied 1 month ago

    Ah, ok! I can see that in the photo now. I agree that it might be hard to reproduce that exactly, but it would probably look good if the original hem was just moved up a few inches and reattached.

    I do think the black jeans look awesome in this size, so if you like them, no need to size up.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Ha, sorry Angie! I was long winded and confusingly talking about both Dres (Rag and Bone)  and Drees (Citizens). These blue jeans I'm trying are called "Charlotte." It's the same blue jean in all photos, just rolled differently. The Drees were a style I tried in the spring but did not buy. I think they worked better than these ones do.

    Here's a link to the ones I'm trying on: https://www.citizensofhumanity.....-undertone

    They're looser on the thighs on the slim model. To get a similar effect, I need a "mom" style because my thighs are more muscular. 

    The Dree (not Dre, ha!) had that style. 

    I can try the cranberry top in a bigger size for sure. This fits in the shoulder but might work a size up, too. As I said, I often have trouble with Aritzia's sizing -- I seem to fall between sizes there for their house-branded products.

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    AH. Got it. Thanks for the explanations, Suz. 

    I think I want more of a "Mom" style on you. I like that idea a LOT. Trendy and fun, (and like for me, trendy jeans are a wardrobe essential for you so that's why I'm keen). Did you post yourself in that style and I missed it? I vote maybe return these blue jeans based on that reasoning. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, Angie. I did not take photos, alas!! I tried it on in store...the fit was great. But it was public mirrors on a very busy Saturday in the store and I felt awkward snapping a photo. And the jeans cost $350 CAD, and I couldn't return in-store and would have to pay to return by post, which is why I hesitated to purchase on the spot at that time. 

    I think I'll return these and see what else they might have in store. I'll keep the black ones. And if Aritzia doesn't have what I want, I might try the AGolde Rileys or the Rag and Bone ones that you posted, as well as some others. 

  • Janet replied 1 month ago

    I think I might like the second pair of jeans even better than the first, but they're both really great. 

    I think the sweater length would bother me -- raise your arms and move them around to see how it shifts around, and how the resulting exposure feels to you. I'm not so comfortable flashing my waist anymore, but I'm carrying around a lot more muffin top now than I used to. I know other people have different feelings about showing midriff. A size up may help -- I would try that, because the color is really nice on you. 

  • lynn replied 1 month ago

    I actually like both jeans on you. And the top is short but maybe a larger size will help. If you wear a tank, what color would it be?

  • smittie replied 1 month ago

    The jeans both look good to me, except I am not a fan of scrunching and definitely prefer a nice straight look through the calf. I like the roominess in the calf of the second pair.

    The cranberry top skin showing would bother me a bit, so I agree with Angie that you should try sizing up.

  • shevia replied 1 month ago

    The black jeans are keepers for sure. I like the other jeans also, but since the need is not urgent perhaps try some other ideas and then decide. Cropped top looks too short for comfort as is, but no harm trying a size up. 

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    I'm glad you want to return. I vote MOM style. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, all. I'll report back with more experiments! :) 

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    I'm not great as assessing fits when the jeans are dark and unless they are really obviously not sized properly. So that said, I do like the black ones on you, but can't really make out hem details on my screen.  I'm not in love with the cranberry sweater on you - if it were a regular length it would be fantastic, but it just looks too short with that side slit. Aritizia can be downright weird at times, can't they?  Did you see the grey with cream pinstripe wide legged flowy pant?  I'm obsessed with these - well priced, and look like they might fit ;) 

  • Christina F. replied 1 month ago

    I'm glad you're keeping the fab black ones!

    There is an Artizia near my office, but I've never gone in. I guess if it's kind of pricey, that's just as well....

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Suz, I'm revamping my jeans capsule this year - unexpectedly. Not enough trendy in what I have, and they're wardrobe essentials. I'm looking at these:

    • #1 - I have. LOVE.
    • #2 - about to commit to. Need to see a size down to compare fits. Will make final decision soon. GOLD HARDWARE!!! 
    • The rest - I'm ordering now.
    • (Am leaving the new high rise flares for Spring)
  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Wow - Angie, great selection of jeans here for you!  I envy you your lifestyle that supports and is appropriate for jeans-wearing ;)  

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, Lisa. An unexpected refresh, but has to happen. My current jeans capsule feels too classic at this point, and I wear jeans a LOT when it's cold, although I wear dresses, skirts and pants too. I won't commit to all the pairs though! I'm looking at THREE new pairs. Almost have two down. I want to wear pants more often, but I'm not seeing the colours I like in the styles I want - yet :) - Blast. Had to let go of my red and orange pants this year - AND AM MISSING THEM. 

    I bet you miss your jeans. Are trendy black jeans a solution for work? 

  • Bijou replied 1 month ago

    Suz I really hope the cranberry sweater in the next size fits you well because this colour is stunning on you. Your face lights up next to the colour. Both jeans look good, but I think Angie will get you sorted on the trendiness factor.

  • Cee replied 1 month ago

    Wow, you pretty !

  • Jessikams replied 1 month ago

    If you have a Zara near you, you might check periodically for “mom jeans”. They seem to randomly come and go. Normally Zara jeans don’t fit me at all, but I tried a pair of the mom jeans last year and they were fab.

  • unfrumped replied 1 month ago

    I do love ve the first ones on you for sure!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks for helpful comments. I'm going to return both sweaters and the blue jeans and see what else they have in store when I am downtown. I'm also going to check out Anthropologie for Pilcros, and Zara for "mom" jeans. I might try the Levis wedgie and/ or the AGolde Riley. 

  • Beth Ann replied 1 month ago

    Jean silhouettes are changing, for sure!  I'm enjoying high waisted for the structure they give my middle, but I still haven't shifted the proportions of the tops I wear with them - going untucked.  I need to work on this detail this season.  I'm doing well with classic styles, as I have 3 classic bootcuts a pair of pale slim boyfriends, and some dark straights.  I do have raw hemmed cropped flares in pale and dark washes, but I'd like something fresh, too

    Keep us posted on what you find!

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